According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, primary care services are performed by physicians who are specifically trained for and skilled in comprehensive first contact and continuing care for persons who have undiagnosed health concerns. This means that the overall and main focus of primary care services is to put a large emphasis on addressing any and all health concerns a patient may currently be experiencing.
A primary care physician is someone who will carefully listen to their patients in order to understand their symptoms. By listening to the patient’s needs, we can create a primary care service plan that leads the patient back to good health. If necessary, we will refer a patient to other specialty physicians in order to provide them with the all-around health care services they need.
There is more to supporting someone’s good health than disease diagnosis making primary care services an opportunity to support someone’s overall health.
Primary care services
When a patient feels that it is time to seek the advice of a healthcare professional, the patient will often first look to their primary care physician. As a primary care physician, we are able to listen carefully to all of their symptoms as well as perform any necessary exams. This information will help us understand what is currently happening to the patient.
The following are some of the more common primary care services that we offer:
- Full physical exams
- Medical diagnosis
- Disease management
Our primary care services place a large focus on the full physical exams that can assist us in providing the patient with a medical diagnosis so they can receive the disease management and treatment services they need to be in good health. A full physical examination is one of the best ways to detect any potential health problems and treat is accordingly.
Our primary care services are very supportive when it comes to disease management. When a patient receives the diagnosis of a disease, it is essential to receive the care management services that can help them understand how to better take care of themselves when living with a disease. While a primary care physician can assist with any type of disease management, some of the more common diseases that we need to manage include arthritis, asthma, back pain and diabetes.
One of the best services primary care can offer patients is disease prevention education. There are many people who simply do not understand what it takes to be healthy, which is no fault of their own. These people simply need access to the quality primary care services that can teach them what they need to do in order to best support their overall health. Education can be key when it comes to preventing certain diseases and often includes understanding other disease prevention methods including getting vaccinations.
We can recommend any internal medicine services can through primary care services while focusing on internal health issues like gastrointestinal problems, kidney problems and lung disease problems. An internal medicine physician is also called an internist and can perform routine examinations that can diagnose acute illnesses as well as offer treatment plans to help patients manage any chronic health conditions they may be currently suffering from.
Primary care common treatments
The following are some of the more common treatments primary care services are currently treating nowadays.
Respiratory infection treatment
Respiratory infections can include a common cold, influenza, tonsillitis and sinusitis and require treatment as an infection is going to interfere with the ability for the lungs to function normally. Treatment options for respiratory infections tend to include helpful information and taking medications.
Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that for the most part affects someone’s joints making it very difficult for them to function every day without being in pain. Treatment options for arthritis tend to include using a combination of medications and therapies.
Asthma is a disease that affects the lungs. Treatment options for asthma tend to include medications as well as understanding asthma triggers.Back pain treatment
Many people experience back pain, which can be minor and annoying or major and debilitating. Treatment options for back pain tend to include taking pain medication and using a variety of recommended self-care treatments.
Diabetes is a disease that affects a patient’s blood glucose levels and can potentially lead to their experiencing a number of other negative health issues. Treatment options for diabetes include nutrition education, lots of physical activity and possibly the need to take medications.
If you would like to learn more about Primary Care Services and the various treatments we provide, call (212) 288-2804 to schedule a consultation.